BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Be alert and stay safe.
This is the warning Bakersfield Police Department sent out after reports of purse snatchings over the past few months have increased in the Gosford area.
"Between January of this year and May 30th of this year, we've had eight incidents which we believe to be related which have been taking place at local apartment complexes." Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said.
The first reports of purse snatchings back in January occurred at The Springs apartment complex by California State University, Bakersfield.
Residents say management did post signs about a month ago by the mailboxes warning of the crimes, but those signs are no longer there and this problem continues.
For college students like Alexa Orrante coming home alone at night is even scarier.
"It's a scary feeling. Now I am more aware of my surroundings and I know to walk with my roommate at night now and I'm just more aware and attentive," Orrante said.
In the past month there have been two incidents just down the road from The Springs at the Cambridge Village apartment complex.
Here management went door-to-door delivering flyers and held a neighborhood watch meeting last week.
BPD believes all of these attacks are related and says the attacker works on foot, but has only targeted these two lots, so far.
If you have any information on the purse snatchings, call BPD at 327-7111.
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